Muskegon crew hopes to repair boat before race from Chicago to Mackinac

Sailboat repairs

MUSKEGON, MICH. - The race across Lake Michigan from Chicago to Mackinac is the longest freshwater sailboat race in the world.

The crew of Muskegon based “Heartbreaker” is rushing to get their boat repaired and ready.

After a training accident a few weeks ago, a new mast was installed on the boat this week. With only hours to spare, the crew is heading to Chicago for a quick practice cruise before the 333-mile race starts on Saturday, July 15.

“For most boats it's a leisurely sail,” says Heartbreaker Captain Alex Hume. “Everyone will have their cocktail cruise, essentially. But for us, we are in it to win it.”

Depending on the wind, it takes the sailboats anywhere from 24 to 40 hours to travel the 333 miles from Chicago to Mackinac.

All of the sailors are amateurs and there are no cash prizes -- just plaques and bragging rights.

“We will be doing anything we can to make this boat reach 100 percent of its potential,” assures Captain Hume.

Heartbreaker is owned by Bob Hughes of Ada.

For more information about the 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, click here.

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